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12/20/1976 (40 y, 2 m, 4 d)
1998 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 29, Overall: 162, Team: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Huff announced his retirement, SBNation.com reports. (1/4/2014)
"Pretty Much Retired" Huff Stuff
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Year in Review:
Huff followed up his best year at the plate ever (2008 when he had a wOBA of .387) with his worst year at the plate since 2001 (wOBA .297). That was far below-average offense from a first base/DH type, which made him a below-replacement-level player (-1.1 WAR), after borderline-star production in 2008 (4.2 WAR). The biggest problems were his power (ISO of .144, a career worst) and BABIP (.263, also a career worst). These were partially caused by changes in his batted balls, with fewer line drives (just 15.5%) and more ground balls (48.1%). The result was his 15 homers and a horrid .241 batting average. On the positive side, he has fairly good plate discipline, striking out less than average (16.2% of ABs), while still taking a fair number of walks (8.7% of PAs).
The Year Ahead:
Huff’s decision to ink with San Francisco helps his value in the sense that he’s pretty much guaranteed a starting job and a spot near the middle of the order. Despite that fact, he is a 33-year-old 1B/DH coming off a below-replacement year. Projecting his performance is still tricky; his true talent is not as bad as what we saw in 2009, but not as good as in 2008. Assuming a full season, a reasonable projection (somewhere in the middle of those two) would have him hitting .270 with 20 homers, 80 RBI, 65 runs, and a stolen base or two. Unless you think he magically returns to 2008 form, he is only worth taking in deep-mixed or NL-only leagues. (Dave Allen)
San Francisco bought low on Aubrey Huff and was rewarded with a surprising .290/.385/.506, 26 HR, 86 RBI, 100 R performance. This contribution to the 2010 World Series winner earned him a two-year, $22M extension, condemning Bay Area residents to another year of hearing about the "rally thong" [/end digression]. Perhaps the surprise was unwarranted, as Huff had been a competent run producer, albeit for second-division teams, for much of his pre-San Francisco career. It might not quite be realistic to expect Huff to match his overall 2010 performance, but full seasons of Buster Posey and Pat Burrell should help ensure solid run and RBI totals. Huff will also have the benefit of a consistent spot at 1B in to 2011, though moving around didn't seem to affect his game at all last year. (Patrick Newman)
The Quick Opinion:
Huff's bargain-bin contract paid dividends for both the team and player in 2010, leading to a two-year encore.
After a stellar 2010 in which he hit .290 with 26 home runs with 86 RBI and a career-best .385 OBP, Huff took a major step backwards last season. With a meager triple slash line of .246/.306/.370, Huff managed just 12 home runs and saw his walk rate drop from 12.4% to 8.1% and his strikeout rate rise from 13.6% to 15.5%. Maybe it was the distraction of being moved into AT&T Park’s perilous right field, or maybe it was just a return to his usual declining numbers after a dream season that saw most of the Giants exceed expectations and win the World Series. Probably the latter and not the former. Huff’s role in 2012 seems a little murky right now as the team looks to find room for first base prospect Brandon Belt while giving Buster Posey some much needed rest from behind the plate. He’ll get the majority of playing time, but is more likely to see his totals hover near last year’s production. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Huff may be in a contract year in 2012, but with the team looking to find room for Brandon Belt and give Buster Posey some starts at first base, Huff could see a big decline in playing time. 2010 is far off in the past and Huff’s owners should expect totals closer to last season’s mark.
There doesn't appear to be much left in the tank for Aubrey Huff. The left-handed first baseman played a marginal role of the Giants in 2012 after an anxiety disorder kept him on the disabled list for much of the season. In 95 PAs, Huff posted a .192/.326/.282 with one home run. I'd be surprised to see a major-league team give him a contract for 2013. Even if one does, keep him far away from your fantasy team. (Wendy Thurm/
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